An amazing performance by the Dutchman. The appraisal comes from the Italian table topper as the Napoli goalkeeper praises Virgil van Dijk on his performance in yesterday’s game.
Virgil Van Dijk receives appraisal from the Napoli Goalkeeper
Speaking to Area Napoli after two corner kick goals were the deciding factors in Liverpool’s 2-0 Champions League victory on Tuesday night, Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret emphasized the menace of Virgil van Dijk from set pieces.
After devastating losses to teams who were in danger of being relegated, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest, Jurgen Klopp would have ripped your arm off at the elbow for a victory over the most hotly-tipped club in Europe.
While Liverpool were far from convincing against Napoli, riding their luck against a team who had an early goal barely disallowed by VAR, two late goals in front of their own fans might be the difference in their eroding self-confidence.
A “Thank You” from Nunez to Virgil
After Meret was unable to stop a Darwin Nunez header, Mo Salah rushed to score in the 85th minute. The second goal for Liverpool came in stoppage time and was very identical to the first in execution and manner. This time, Van Dijk denied on the line before Nunez gave his best Salah impersonation by tapping in the rebound.
Although Napoli had more than enough opportunities to complete a famous double over the six-time European champions long before Salah’s opening goal on the night, Liverpool’s most valiant victory gives them some measure of retribution for their 4-1 thrashing in September at the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona. The Italian juggernauts may at least be happy with winning Group A.
The whole match was full of intensity and thrill. Although it seemed for a while that Napoli can take the game away, the Scousers had other things planned. It was a much-needed win. Not just in terms of revenge but also to gain a moral boost.